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Iguanacon. 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon Two - Page 5. August 30, 1978 - September 4, 1978. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 19, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/815/show/693.

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Iguanacon. (August 30, 1978 - September 4, 1978). 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon Two - Page 5. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/815/show/693

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Title 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon Two
Creator (Local)
  • Iguanacon
Date August 30, 1978 - September 4, 1978
Description Program book for the 36th World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon.
Donor Fritz Leiber; Justin Leiber
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction, American
  • Fantasy fiction, American
Subject.Topical (TGM-1)
  • Meetings
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz, 1910-1992
  • Ellison, Harlan
  • Busby, F. M.
  • Nesvadba, Josef
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Bowers, Bill
  • Iguanacon
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Phoenix, Arizona
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 11
Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
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Transcript Christ.V/ou Rnoru li ain't Easy... Hello. And welcome. To Phoenix, home of cactus, heatstroke, and volcanic plugs. To the city that gave you Thomas Aquinas fandom and apwrux. Where, under the moonlit palms in the desert's serene night air, you can hear, if you listen, the far-off thud of exploding newspaper reporters ... Hello again, and welcome to IguanaCon II, the 36th Annual World Science Fiction Convention. It's been a long, hard, hot summer in Arizona as I write these words, four weeks before the convention, and I doubt that there exist any concom members who haven't wondered at least once why they were working their fingers to the bone on such a (seemingly) thankless task. Ask them now, and they'll tell you: the answer is you. The response, support, suggestions and offers of help from fandom-at-large have been truly phenomenal, and yet in a way it's perfectly natural, for the Worldcon is both the gathering of tribes from the diverse corners of the science fiction and fantasy world, and an open house for interested newcomers and outsiders. So whether you're a pro, active fan, reader, or whatever: make yourselves comfortable. Check out the program, the art show, the hucksters' room, the films. Sit around in the special interst lounges and meet the people around you; they won't bite your head off. Canadian literature, Australian beer, coca-cola memorabilia collecting or even science fiction: whatever it is that fascinates you, it's a good bet di n< Pi h; P< that you'll be able to find a fair-sizeaj contingent of folks here with the samla inclination. at A final (cautionary) note: pleasU be careful about the heat. This is th<c< Sonora Desert, and the air out there is ;b< lot hotter than it feels. The hotels ar< cooled to 70 degrees Fahrenheit; don si blithely walk unprepared into what ma; (2 be 115 radiantly hot degrees outside C Take it easy: we're acclimated, am you're probably not. The summer wea p ther here is not nice to people. u Do good. Avoid evil. Throw a roon tl party. z< And enjoy IguanaCon. n Tim Kyge ^ Chm ^ IguanaCon Committer al y s< Once More, With Feeling... You may have noticed that we have added something to the title of the convention: this is IguanaCon Two. On the other hand, it's' three weeks before the convention, the Program Book goes to the printer day after tomorrow, and we figure that at this point nobody can do anything about it. Nanner, nanner. Way back in the Bright Beginnings of things (1976, for reference purposes), we had originally planned it this way, but were dissuaded by more conservative fen who felt that this couldn't possibly be the second IguanaCon, since there had never been and IguanaCon One. Well. Nanner nanner again. Naked-crazy-man irrationality wins out in the end. Besides, there was a previous IguanaCon. For the benefit of any who missed the briefly-told story in the first Iggy PR, IguanaCon One was held in 1972, in Casa Grande, Arizona, and reported in the early Phoenix fanzine Garuda 2 by that well-known local hoax, Brant Bates. This hoax Iggy marked the first appearance of that arcane sign, "Welcome Scientists," which you may see around the con. The Casa Loma hotel in Casa Grande had it posted as a greeting for the Iggy One attendees. Although several Wester- con attendees from 1972-73 may swear to remember Brant, he is actually the sole and exclusive creation of that notably abrasive Yuma-fan Blieu Madjik, who is best remembered for her fanzine, Palpitating Purple Prune. It ran to a (significant!) 17 issues before her hecto gave up the ghost in 1974. This trivial bit of local fanhistory lay festering in the backs of our collective slannish minds, making no particular connections and occasionally surfacing when we thought wistful thoughts about Westercon bids -- which we did frequently between 1972 and 1975. The Westercon bid had its unsanctified birth in 1975 and was fought during the summer of 1976. Time Warp! Back in February of 1976, Bill Patterson was in the hospital with Pneumonia, that having been the winter in which Tim Kyger spread a respiratory infection throughout the length and breadth of Phoenix phandom. Although Patterson denies any responsibility for the events of that afternoon, preferring to lay the blame squarely on the fingers of Linda Bushyager, he will admit that he was in the throes of nicotine deprivation at the time and was therefore Not Quite Himself. And so Tim Kyger came a- visiting (damned decent of him, considering), bearing a copy of the latest Karass. Here is the meat of the matter, in which we cleverly disclaim any responsibility for IguanaCon (unless it comes off well, in which case it was all our doing) and stick Linda Bushyager with the entire thing. In Karass there was a typo to the effect that Phoenix was bidding for a worldcon. Silly Linda, chuckled Kyger and Patterson: everybody knows Phoenix is bidding for a Westercon, not a Worldcon, heh heh. At that point, they were both seized by a fit of naked-crazy-man hysteria and decided to front a Phoenix bid for the Worldcon, with only months to go before MidAmeriCon. Obviously a rank fantasy. fi When the Westercon bid failed ir g the summer of 1976, the whole Phoeni) A bidding committee threw themselves intc the new project, produced a bidding lj prospectus with only two months to gc before MAC, and trundled off to Kansas ¥ City with great hope and little confi o dence, not to mention a toothbrush and 1 a change of underwear apiece. n They were in for a shock. They n won. Time Warp again. u When we were casting about for a I] name for the convention, just before god ing to Kansas City, IguanaCon was dis h cussed as being marginally preferable tc c "CactusCon" and "110-Degrees-in-the Shade-Con." Remember those next timt 0 you snicker at the Iguana. Basically, wc 1, finally settled on the name because it was^ intimately tied up with local fanhistory.'p We wanted to indicate that we were con p cerned with the days and works of fan Q dom; besides, it was time for another silly f] Worldcon name. We wanted to be less i self-important than some of the cons we i, had seen, less concerned with hype and 1 fooforah, more with interaction than i exposition. A lot of this philosophy was published in our bidding prospectus and L PR One, as a means of making our stance i clear. In short, we thought IguanaCon # was an idea whose time had come. b Suddenly, all the leaves fell off our calendar and it was two years later. We've weathered the storms, bloodied but unbowed and all that, and done our best to keep the faith - but people, let me tell 1 you -- Christ, you know it ain't easy! ft (Credit Tim Kyger and John Lennon, together again for the first time . . .) l< IGUANACON PROGRAM BOOK